Chatham resident wins $100K through Encore

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April Williams of Chatham shows off her $100,000 price from playing Encore.

Chatham’s April Williams has 100,000 reasons to smile just before Christmas, as she collected on her winnings from an August Encore draw.

She matched the last six of seven Encore numbers in exact order in the Aug. 5 Lotto 6/49 draw to win $100,000.

Williams, an occasional lottery player, said she typically plays Lotto 6/49 and Ontario 49, and plays Encore when she does.

“I just finished work when I checked my ticket on the OLG app. I saw the screen say, ‘Congratulations’ but I didn’t think much of it at first,” she said in a media release. “I was stunned and needed a colleague to double check for me.”

Williams went to her parents’ house and showed them the winner screen on the OLG app. “They asked if it was for real. It was a nice moment to share with them and celebrate” she said.

She plans to pay some bills and put the rest away for a rainy day.

“I will consider a way to treat myself to something special. I might take a trip to celebrate,” she said.

“It’s an emotional experience that’s filled with a lot of joy in some very surprising moments. I feel blessed,” Williams added.

The winning ticket was purchased at Pioneer Snack Express on Richmond Street in Chatham.

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